Saskatchewan Co-operative Association
Feb 10

Scroll down to learn about a wide variety of aspects of Co-op Camp through our Questions and Answers section below. If you have any questions that are not listed or want to learn more about SCYP, contact us!

Check out our Co-op Camp video care from Synergy CU featuring Spencer and Wes!

2018 Co-op Camp Brochure Cover



Who goes to Co-op Camp?

Youth ages 12 -18 from all across Saskatchewan who are into trying new things, making new friends, developing their leadership skills and spending time at beautiful Candle Lake or scenic Last Mountain Lake.

What is Co-op Camp and what do you do there?

Co-op Camp is a series of camps throughout July and August where youth from all across Saskatchewan come together to meet new people, develop leadership skills and learn more about co-operatives, and have a great time. Co-op Camp is all about participation. All activities are hands-on and interactive and challenge you to work together to solve challenges. There is also swimming, canoeing, volleyball, campfires, and games.

What is LevelUp?

LevelUp is a career development and life skills seminar for all youth ages 15+. As an additional level of Co-op Camp, youth from all across Saskatchewan come together to meet new people, get more career ready and learn about co-operatives, and have a great time. No previous SCYP experience is necessary for youth to attend LevelUp. You can learn more about the program here.

What should I bring with me to Co-op Camp?

Here are the packing lists that will help you pack and prepare for an awesome week at camp!

- 2018 Participant Packing List

Also, don't forget to bring your fully completed Participant Medical Information and Consent Form to registration.

When is Co-op Camp?

Find the dates for all camps here!!

Why would I go to Co-op Camp?

Because it is a ridiculous amount of fun! You will have the chance to develop your communication, teamwork and co-operation skills through fun activities and games as well as learn more about co-operatives.

Where is Co-op Camp?

Last Mountain Lake features a lakefront and dormlike facilities. One of the most popular features of Last Mountain Lake is the infamous mud pit from our promo video. Candle Lake has eight heated cabins, indoor washrooms, and the main hall for activities and meals. Here are some pictures of the camp and the surrounding area.

How do I get to Co-op Camp?

- Bus transportation is provided for free to camp from Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The bus leaves Saskatoon from the St. Mary's Affinity Credit Union Parking Lot

- If you need the bus to pick you up in Prince Albert please contact us at the office for more details.

- Please be mindful that for all camp trips to Last Mountain Lake, there will be no pick-up in Prince Albert.

How do I know which camp to register for?

The brochure will walk you through it, but if you're not sure, contact us and we'll help you figure it out.

How much does it cost?

Participants pay a $250 registration fee. If you want to attend a camp but are unable to pay some, or all, of the participant fee, please contact us. We may be able to help you find additional sponsorship. In addition, a local co-operative sponsor pays a $475 sponsorship fee on your behalf.

For tips on finding a sponsor, go to the Find a Sponsor page. If you are unable to find a sponsor, we are happy to help you find one in your area - just contact our office. We'll ensure that no one is turned away from the program due to lack of sponsorship.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the commencement of each camp, but REGISTER NOW to get your first choice of camp dates.

Find a Sponsor!

Okay so you need to find a sponsor but DON’T PANIC, seriously you can do this! First, let me tell you a secret, most co-operatives and credit unions are looking for youth to sponsor and are totally stoked when they have a young person *you* show up!

Check out this video! It explains the process and gives you some tips for talking to sponsors.

Tips for finding a sponsor:

1. It’s easy! Just contact a co-operative, credit union, or community organization in your area and ask for sponsorship.

2. Be prepared. Have all the information you need (registration form) ready to share with your potential sponsor. Find out if that organization sponsored participants last year by looking for SCYP Sponsors to see who sponsored youth from your area last year. If you’re nervous about asking then practice your request on someone you trust.

3. Give them all the information that’s important. Tell them all about the program, the week you want to attend, the amount of sponsorship you need, etc. Show them the brochure! You can also send the sponsor to this website to find out more about the program.

4. Offer to give something back. Past participants have given written and/or oral reports at meetings, or have volunteered for their sponsoring organization. Give the sponsor a chance to learn about what you did at the program. Don’t make any commitments you won’t keep.

5. Leave a great impression. Even if the organization doesn’t decide to sponsor you, be polite and courteous. Thank them for taking the time to listen to your request. The same organization might decide to sponsor you or someone else next year.

If you are having troubles finding a sponsor don’t worry! Contact us and the Youth Program office will be happy to help you out. We make sure that no one is turned away due to lack of sponsorship!

Here is a list of co-operative and community organizations that sponsored participants last year.

Organizations you can approach for sponsorship

- Credit unions

- Retail co-operatives

- The Co-operators

- Co-operative Health Clinics

- Concentra Bank

- Access Communications Co-operative Limited

- Farmer Direct Co-operative

- A local community organization or community service co-operative